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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Industry Report on Additive Manufacturing

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, May 5, 2010—Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2010, a 250-page analysis of the newest developments and trends in additive manufacturing (AM) worldwide. AM is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Additive manufacturing is used to build physical models, prototypes, patterns, tooling components, and production parts in plastic, metal, ceramic, or composite materials. AM systems use thin, horizontal cross sections from computer-aided design (CAD) models, 3D-scanning systems, medical scanners, and video games to produce parts that may be difficult or impossible to produce any other way.

According to the new report, demand for products and services from additive-manufacturing technology has been strong over its 22-year history. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of revenues produced by all products and services over this period is 26.4%. The CAGR slowed to 3.3% over the past three years, with 2009 being the slowest in many years, by far. Despite a weak 2009 overall, unit sales were strong due to the impact of very low-cost machines based on open-source developments. Annual unit sales of AM systems worldwide grew by an estimated 13.9%, according to the new report. 

Meanwhile, the year saw many interesting developments in the use of additive manufacturing for the production of end-use products. “Using AM for part production is considered the next frontier, with opportunities beyond measure," said Terry Wohlers, principal author of Wohlers Report 2010 and president of Wohlers Associates. "Corporations, entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers are considering ways in which AM can be used to manufacture an exciting array of products in quantities of one to several thousands,” he stated.

Two relatively distinct markets are developing for products made by additive manufacturing. One is the professional market and includes the medical, dental, aerospace, automotive, and motorsports industries. The other is the broad and interesting consumer market. Examples are furniture and home accessories, toys, game avatars, and fashion products.

The report includes new sections on open-source 3D printers and the state of business among service providers. It also includes industry growth estimates and forecasts, new developments and business opportunities, emerging applications, research and development, and where the industry is headed in the future. The study was created with support from 54 co-authors, 64 service providers, 33 system manufacturers, and many others worldwide. To support the review and analysis, the report includes 28 charts and graphs, 55 tables, and 181 photographs and illustrations.

The report sells for $495 in the U.S. and all other countries. The report’s table of contents, as well as additional information on the market and industry, are available at wohlersassociates.com.

Wohlers Associates, Inc. is a 24-year-old independent consulting firm that works closely with manufacturing organizations to identify the best approaches to rapid product development and additive manufacturing. The company has provided consulting assistance to more than 160 organizations in 21 countries. 

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The following is the front cover of the new report. 
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Report Development Team
The following individuals and organizations contributed to Wohlers Report 2010
and served as important sources for information.

Mukesh Agarwala 3D Product Development (India)
Nadra Angerman Angerman Communications Group
Seiji Hayano Aspect (Japan)
Paulo Jorge Bártolo Institute Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal)
Joseph Beaman University of Texas at Austin
William Beaver York Technical College
Alain Bernard Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France)
David Bourell University of Texas at Austin
Tim Caffrey Seventh Son Creative Services
Ian Campbell Loughborough University (England)
Andy Christensen Medical Modeling Inc.
Adam Clare University of Nottingham (England)
Rob Connelly FineLine Prototyping
Deon de Beer Vaal University of Technology (South Africa)
Igor Drstvenšek University of Maribor (Slovenia)
Ismail Fidan Tennessee Tech University
Joe Frascati Prototype Productions, Inc.
Boris Fritz Northrop Grumman
Ping Fu Geomagic, Inc.
Michael Gayk York Technical College
Ian Gibson National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Tim Gornet University of Louisville
Andrzej Grzesiak FhG Institute for Mfg. Eng. & Automation (Germany)
Joan Guasch ASCAMM (Spain)
Tsuneo Hagiwara CMET Inc. (Japan)
Richard Hague Loughborough University (England)
Ola Harrysson North Carolina State University
Forrest Higgs Brosis Innovations, Inc
Berndt Holmer IVF Industrial Research and Development Corp. (Sweden)
Neil Hopkinson Loughborough University (England)
Luca Iuliano Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Olivier Jay Danish Technological Institute (Denmark)
Troy Jensen Piper Jaffray
Jason Jones De Montfort University (England)
Rik Knoppers Promolding (The Netherlands)
Toshihiko Maeda NTT Data Engineering Systems Corp. (Japan)
Frank Medina University of Texas at El Paso
Jorge Mireles University of Texas at El Paso
Greg Morris Morris Technologies
Tom Mueller Express Pattern
Randall Newton VEKTORRUM
John Obielodan Utah State University
Phil Reeves Econolyst (England)
Pete Sayki SICAM
Joel Segal University of Nottingham (England)
Michael Siemer Mydea Technologies
Brent Stucker Utah State University
Gordon Styles Star Prototype (China)
James Tobin York Technical College
Chris Tuck Loughborough University (England)
Jukka Tuomi Helsinki University of Technology (Finland)
Jonas Van Vaerenbergh LayerWise (Belgium)
Ryan Wicker University of Texas at El Paso
David Wimpenny De Montfort University (England)